I sometimes get asked:
"So, what's the secret to making a Real Magic wand?"
Well, it's quite simple, and like all good magic - it's not a secret.
You pick the right wood, from the right tree. You shape it, just so. Then you have to energise it.
If you don't, it won't work.
This isn't as woo-woo as you might think.
I do it using a 'Jacob's Ladder' (stairway to heaven and all that). It's a bit of Steampunk High Voltage kit that I made in the lab.
Sometimes it scorches; sometimes it doesn't.
Explained better in the video.
The next question is invariably: " So, how do you DO real magic then?"
- Duh... With a real magic wand....
It came to the point where I had to make a new shave-horse.
This is a wooden work holding device that is, at the same time, simple, clever and very efficient.
No surprise then, that the basic design has been around for centuries. It holds all shapes of stock to be worked with ease and is almost a pre-requisite of green woodworking, but it's also just so handy for shaping stuff fast.
The itinerant chair makers of the great beech forests - the original Bodgers - would use these to fashion chair legs and spindles, whilst the wheelwrights would sit on one of these as they shaved the wooden spokes for wagon wheels - with a spokeshave, of course.
The only thing wrong with them was that they were usually great brutes of things that took up a lot of valuable space.
This one is my deluxe version, a hybrid (and simplification) of some of the better designs out there. Its got an adjustable comfy seat, adjustable working height and head angle and most importantly, it folds down for easy storage. This is a very sturdy and able horse.
If you want one send me a message.
I also might do a course on “Build your own foldable shave-horse to take home" (budget version), if there’s enough demand - again send me a message if you’re interested.